Metro, a pit bull puppy, was found starving outside an animal clinic. She was rescued by an ambulance crew who saw her freezing outside. Photo: Facebook
A severely emaciated Pit Bull puppy was left outside Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital in Buffalo, New York on Wednesday during freezing temperatures. The hospital was closed that day, but fortunately for the abandoned puppy, she was spotted by a Rural Metro Medical Services ambulance crew who happened by the parking lot. The EMTs who discovered Metro were shocked when they saw the pup.
EMT Norine Hoch told WIVB News, "As my partner was pulling into the driveway, all of a sudden, she started going, 'Oh my God! Oh my God!' It was, like, 32 degrees outside, and she was skin and bones. If we [had gotten there] seconds later, she would probably would have been frozen to death."
When they knocked on the door of the animal clinic they discovered only the custodian inside. Not authorized by the hospital to handle sick animals, he was already on the phone with the Erie County SPCA when the EMTs knocked on the door.
Not wanting to leave the shivering puppy outside a minute longer in the cold, the crew tended to the pup themselves and got her to the SPCA.
According to Brian Lawson, director of public affairs for Rural/Metro Medical Services, "This was a real team effort. Norine Hoch, EMT Intermediate, and Breanna Horwood, EMT Basic, wrapped the puppy in blankets and hot packs to keep her warm. Since we can’t transport animals in an ambulance and the crew needed to be available to take emergency calls, one of our supervisors, Mike Arquette, took the puppy to the SPCA in his paramedic fly car, one of the marked SUVs."
When she arrived at the SPCA's vet care, the pup's body temperature was 10 degrees lower than it should have been and she scored only a 1 out of 9 body score, a rating measurement for emaciation.
The pup, now named Metro, after the ambulance crew remains in critical condition, but she is eating, which is a positive sign. The Erie County SPCA posted on their Facebook page on Monday: "TEN POUNDS...ALMOST ELEVEN...AND GAINING! Not everyone looks this good in pink argyle...but we think METRO looks BEAUTIFUL!! She's up to 10.8 pounds, and we know you'll be as thrilled as we are to see this line taken directly from her medical report: "LAST NIGHT: NORMAL PUPPY BEHAVIOR!!!!!!" At 8:43 this morning, her temperature registered at 99.7 - not bad for a dog whose temperature didn't even register when she arrived last week...THANKS SO MUCH, EVERYONE - for your prayers, donations, well-wishes - they're all making a difference in giving this little one hope and healing."
Metro's condition is guarded, but she is eating well. Photo: Facebook
The SPCA is trying to track down the people responsible for neglecting Metro and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this investigation has been offered. Anyone with information on Metro is encouraged to contact SPCA Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations Jeff Eyre, 716-629-3525. The SPCA does accept and respond to anonymous tips.